A family finds shelter from the flood devastation at a FOCUS relief camp in Sindh.
A family finds shelter from the flood devastation at a FOCUS relief camp in Sindh.
Of flood rains and resilience: The struggle to survive in the wake of the Pakistan flood disaster
Of flood rains and resilience: The struggle to survive in the wake of the Pakistan flood disaster
23 September 2010

Millions of people throughout Pakistan have been devastated by heavy downpours and massive flooding that has been described as one of the worst disasters in the country’s history. But in the face of calamity, communities, institutions, government and civil society are coming together to help one another and rebuild lives.

Medical professionals gather in a surgical theatre in Kinshasa to operate on a young patient. In addition to correcting patients’ facial deformities, Operation Smile gives local trainees a chance to learn from experts in their field.
Medical professionals gather in a surgical theatre in Kinshasa to operate on a young patient. In addition to correcting patients’ facial deformities, Operation Smile gives local trainees a chance to learn from experts in their field.
Changing lives in Congo, one smile at a time
Changing lives in Congo, one smile at a time
26 August 2010

Sixteen-month-old Jimla Kasenga and 61-year-old Mukadi Kabengele both have a reason to smile. Each of them underwent facial reconstructive surgery at Operation Smile’s recent medical mission to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The week-long mission was broadly supported by members of the local Ismaili community.

Members of the Jamat had an opportunity to try a variety of dishes at the at a Golden Alliance food mela, held at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai in April 2010.
Members of the Jamat had an opportunity to try a variety of dishes at the at a Golden Alliance food mela, held at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai in April 2010.
Entrepreneurial women transform home-cooked meals into a source of income
Entrepreneurial women transform home-cooked meals into a source of income
12 August 2010

The Jamat in Dubai includes a disproportionate number of bachelors and young families, who, with all the pressures of work and modern life, find it difficult to prepare traditional home cooked meals. Meanwhile, many older women in the Jamat possess exceptional cooking skills and an enterprising spirit. The opportunity to come together was obvious, and led to the creation of a Golden Alliance.

Students from Madagascar were excited to experience some of Kenya’s wildlife during a visit to the Nairobi Safari Walk.
Students from Madagascar were excited to experience some of Kenya’s wildlife during a visit to the Nairobi Safari Walk.
Malagasy students immerse themselves in Kenyan culture and hospitality
Malagasy students immerse themselves in Kenyan culture and hospitality
6 August 2010

In April, 13 students from Madagascar travelled to Kenya for a week-long visit. It was an opportunity for them to experience a culture outside their own, meet Ismaili students from another country, and to immerse themselves in an environment where they could improve their spoken and written English.

Michael Kahlenberg leads FOCUS Regional Disaster Managers on a tour of the Emergency Operations Center at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Houston.
Michael Kahlenberg leads FOCUS Regional Disaster Managers on a tour of the Emergency Operations Center at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Houston.
FOCUS prepares disaster management teams in North America for the inevitable
FOCUS prepares disaster management teams in North America for the inevitable
6 July 2010

Earlier this year, Focus Humanitarian Assistance in North America conducted disaster management and leadership training in Houston and Toronto, for their Regional Disaster Management Teams. As a key component of the Disaster Management Programme, the training prepared community stakeholders to effectively respond to natural and man-made disasters.

CIVIC participants in Edmonton build a shed for Habitat for Humanity.
CIVIC participants in Edmonton build a shed for Habitat for Humanity.
Sustaining the humanistic tradition of civic participation
Sustaining the humanistic tradition of civic participation
30 June 2010

Through civic engagement, humankind has refined agricultural practices, reformed education, rebuilt communities after natural disasters, and strengthened civil society. In countries around the world, Ismaili Muslims have made their own mark on history through community involvement, voluntary service, youth education and political engagement.

A tribute to the Girl Scouts in Savanah, GA, where Girl Scouts USA founder Juliette Gordon Low was from.
A tribute to the Girl Scouts in Savanah, GA, where Girl Scouts USA founder Juliette Gordon Low was from.
Almost a century later, the Girl Scouts movement is still engaged in service
Almost a century later, the Girl Scouts movement is still engaged in service
10 June 2010

This year, the Girl Guide movement turns 98. Over the years, the organisation’s impact on the physical, mental and spiritual development of girls and young women has been phenomenal. Many Ismaili Muslim women who are part of the movement have become inspiring role models and leaders in their communities and the world.

The keynote speaker, Congressman Pete Sessions, addresses the audience about the importance of scouting and community service.
The keynote speaker, Congressman Pete Sessions, addresses the audience about the importance of scouting and community service.
Ismaili scouts earn prestigious Eagle Scout award for outstanding community service
Ismaili scouts earn prestigious Eagle Scout award for outstanding community service
8 June 2010

In December, ten Ismaili Muslim Boy Scouts in Texas earned the prestigious Eagle Scout Award for performing outstanding community service that demonstrated initiative, commitment to help those in need, and extraordinary leadership skills. This prestigious rank is achieved by only five per cent of all Boy Scouts in the United States.

Youth volunteers take a moment to join in the fun and have their faces painted.
Youth volunteers take a moment to join in the fun and have their faces painted.
Canadian Jamat rejoices around the Foundation Ceremony in Toronto; reflects on impact of new institutions
Canadian Jamat rejoices around the Foundation Ceremony in Toronto; reflects on impact of new institutions
3 June 2010

After years of anticipation, the Jamat across Canada came together to celebrate the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park in Toronto. They eagerly shared their thoughts and feelings about how the new developments will impact their identity as Ismaili Muslims in Canada.

An aerial view of Port-au-Prince's downtown area demonstrates the extent of damage inflicted by the powerful earthquake that hit the Haitian capital on 12 January.
An aerial view of Port-au-Prince's downtown area demonstrates the extent of damage inflicted by the powerful earthquake that hit the Haitian capital on 12 January.
Ismailis join in the global response to earthquake-devastated Haiti
Ismailis join in the global response to earthquake-devastated Haiti
5 May 2010

In January, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shattered the Republic of Haiti. Horrified by the disaster, countries, civil society organisations and individual donors responded with desperately needed help. Among them were many Ismailis who used their resources and skills to find creative ways to provide timely assistance to Haitians.

Volunteers at the Camley Street Nature Park busied themselves digging, raking, levelling and pulling out unwanted roots.
Volunteers at the Camley Street Nature Park busied themselves digging, raking, levelling and pulling out unwanted roots.
Getting involved and making a positive difference in the lives of others
Getting involved and making a positive difference in the lives of others
31 March 2010

As a Muslim community, giving of our time and helping others is integral to our way of life. From a young age, Ismailis are surrounded by examples of volunteers in action. In the UK, the Youth, Cultural and Social Network has launched an initiative that provides opportunities for the Jamat to give back to the society in which they live.

Munir Samji speaks with to two Siddhi farmers. With advice and assistance from AKRSP, many of the farmers have improved in their income from the land — in some cases doubling it.
Munir Samji speaks with to two Siddhi farmers. With advice and assistance from AKRSP, many of the farmers have improved in their income from the land — in some cases doubling it.
Four Partnership Walk & Run enthusiasts share their experience of meeting beneficiaries firsthand
Four Partnership Walk & Run enthusiasts share their experience of meeting beneficiaries firsthand
23 March 2010

Last November, four dedicated participants from the Partnership Walk & Run in the United Kingdom had a chance to see the impact of their efforts firsthand. They spent seven days in India, where they visited one of the projects selected to receive funds from the event. They recently shared their impressions with TheIsmaili.org.